Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue: 100 Easy Recipes for Barbecue and Grilling

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A backyard-loving guy, Al Roker's passionate about firing up all three of his grills at once and cooking everything from Steaks As Big As Your Head and Kansas City-Style Ribs to Grilled Sea Bass.

The hundred recipes in this book are casual and simple -- just the way Al likes to cook for his family and friends. Like most of us, Al first learned to grill at the knee of his dad, whose policy was "the more lighter fluid, the better." But a trip to the Memphis in May Barbecue ...

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A backyard-loving guy, Al Roker's passionate about firing up all three of his grills at once and cooking everything from Steaks As Big As Your Head and Kansas City-Style Ribs to Grilled Sea Bass.

The hundred recipes in this book are casual and simple -- just the way Al likes to cook for his family and friends. Like most of us, Al first learned to grill at the knee of his dad, whose policy was "the more lighter fluid, the better." But a trip to the Memphis in May Barbecue Championship ignited a real passion, and since then Al's grills have rarely grown cold. And while Al does have some hard-and-fast rules, like "don't keep moving your meat around" and "never touch another man's grill," his food is simple yet inventive, impressive and delicious.

In addition to great stuff for over the fire -- Jerk Chicken, Marinated Pork Tenderloin, Kebabs Cooked Right, New Orleans-Style Barbecued Shrimp, Fish Fillets with Lemon-Parsley Sauce, Turkey on the Grill, and, from "The Wurst City in the World," Sheboygan Bratwurst -- Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue has something for everyone, including recipes for quick-and-easy starters, marinades, main-dish salads, sides, classic American desserts, cooling drinks, vegetarian dishes, and low-fat fare.

So lean back in that lawn chair and have a sip of Lemon-Lime Fizz. Munch on a Spicy Wing or some BBQ Popcorn. That brisket should take care of itself in another hour or so.

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Perhaps it's not surprising that a man of Al Roker's appetites would have three backyard grills. Less expected, though, is the pleasing versatility of his delightfully un-bad barbecue book. In addition to peppering us with healthy helpings of funny family stories, the Today show weatherman provides us with 100 thoroughly understandable recipes. Roker's repertoire includes everything from steak-and-potato main courses to vegan delights. Nor does he neglect chicken, fish, side dishes, and desserts. His tips about ingredients, equipment, and accessories are sensible and budget-sensitive; and the photographs (32 of them in color) are delicious.
Publishers Weekly
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the smoke blows, but nonetheless, here is Roker (Don't Make Me Stop This Car) in an attempt to amuse, instruct and otherwise cash in on the craze that is backyard barbecue. Despite its demonstrative title, this effort is medium-sized and mediocre. With the aid of food columnist Marialisa Calta, Roker sets out his favorite grilling recipes and tips amid a squalor of bad puns and folksy humor. Jerk Chicken, he explains, is not a recipe named after your boss. In his Five Rules for grilling he warns not to move meat around with a fork lest the juices run out. Yet, for one of his signature dishes, Steaks As Big As Your Head, he advises making several small cuts in the meat to press garlic into. Elsewhere, ribs, pulled pork, burgers and wieners are prepared in simple styles that first-time grill owners will appreciate. Only about a third of the collection concerns itself with the art of introducing meat, fish and poultry to fire. The rest of the book is consumed by appetizers, salads, sauces, drinks and desserts. Roker admits to being no more qualified than you are to write a cookbook, but at least he knows what he likes and is happy to share the knowledge. Can Alain Ducasse on the Weather Channel be far behind? Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Roker, known to millions as the weatherman on the Today show, has also done a number of food segments over the years, including a Food Network special on Memphis barbecue, which piqued his interest in the topic. The result is his cookbook of simple grilling recipes, from Spicy Wings to Steaks as Big as Your Head; there are also easy sides, desserts, and drinks. The recipes are clearly written, and the text is punctuated by Roker's trademark humor. There will be another Food Network special in June celebrating the publication of this book, which is sure to be in demand. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743228640
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Roker

Al Roker began his broadcasting career as a weekend weatherman in Syracuse, New York, while still in college. After stops in Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio, he landed at NBC in 1983, where he is seen every day on "Today."

Al produces and stars in specials on the Food Network, most recently, "The Making of Al Roker's Big, Bad Book of Barbecue." He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Al Roker lives in New York City and upstate New York with his wife, ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts, and their two daughters.

I've tried to come up with a book that you'll really use. Let's face it. We're talking about grilling and barbecuing here....This is not rocket science. This book is about starting your own traditions. Making your own way in the world of barbecue and grilling....

I guess I've always wanted to write a cookbook, to be able to help people make meals that they would be proud to serve to family and friends. After all, that's what cooking is all about. It means you care. We equate home cooking with love. I look at barbecue and grilling as a representation of love in edible form.

I want to help you give the people you care about a whole lotta love.

-- from the Introduction

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Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction

Al's Guide to Grilling

Start Your Engines

The Main Attraction

Side Shows

The Finish

Drinks

Marinades, Rubs, Sauces, and Dressings

Sources

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    The Best PLEASE Cook at our house

    This is the best recipe's cooking for all year long at our home. Being in Colorado Springs we even in snow storms cook on the grill. These are the greatest ideas, and no seasonal eating for all of us. Thanks

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    A good basic BBQer book

    Not much originality in the recipes but good grilling info and good standard recipes prone to success

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